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  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    reginamag.com ^ | May 2 2016 | Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor
    With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINAs Editor. I raised a son and a daughter in the Catholic Church in Connecticut in the 1990s and 2000s. My daughter had zero interest in being an altar server and I was somewhat dubious about then-popular claims that serving the altar would somehow prepare her to have a successful career. In...
  • Leaps of Faith: Why Indians are Signing Up as Catholic Priests

    12/20/2015 2:13:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 12/20/15 | Apoorva Dutt
    For five years, Omar Fernandes worked as a member of the ground staff at the Mumbai airport. The end of each day was marked by coffee and conversations with colleagues. "Most of the men I worked with were in their 40s and 50s," says the 30-year-old. "They would talk about how miserable they were at work, how they were struggling to provide for their families. It seemed like such a hard life." These conversations began to crystallise his resolve to become a priest. It's something he'd been thinking about for four years already. "I was 24 when I got my...
  • Priests needed: As (Catholic) Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

    06/15/2015 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments...
  • Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Heres Why

    05/27/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life?” Here in the blog, too, when I write about vocations there are usually some who comment...
  • Husband, father, deaconand soon, a priest

    05/08/2015 3:22:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | May 5, 2015 | BRENDAN MONAHAN
    Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call to the priesthood before her death. He cared for Cindy until her passing in July 2008 at 51 years old in their Jacksonville, Florida home.“I...
  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

    03/12/2015 12:34:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 27, 2015 | Father John Flynn, LC
    Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life Australian Bishops Release Pastoral Letter on Calling to Religious Life Rome, February 27, 2015 (Zenit.org) Father John Flynn, LC | 456 hits A pastoral letter to commemorate the Year of Consecrated Life dated February 26 was published this week by the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Church Ministry.“We welcome the invitation of Pope Francis to make this a year of thanksgiving and of deeper reflection on the calling of the consecrated men and women among us,” it stated.“Australia is blessed to have had so many religious sisters, brothers and priests living and ministering...
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2015 4:24:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jessica Archuleta
    Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation Jessica Archuleta We all know there is a vocations crisis in the Church. We have a shortage of priests, deacons, and religious. Fewer people than ever want to get married or stay married (I would also add, there is a shortage of single people who are living out holy lives).To add to the problem, there is a lot of talk about discerning one’s vocation that can be confusing to young people. Some are waiting for a sign–some great experience that will leave them without a doubt as to God’s calling in their lives. Others feel they must follow a...
  • For Advent: The Treasure of Singleness

    12/10/2014 8:51:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 65 replies
    CE.com ^ | na | Tyler Blanski
    The Treasure of Singleness Tyler Blanski It can be difficult to be a single Christian. I remember watching as one by one my friends would marry, start families, and settle down. The cards would come just before Christmas with news of another baby or a new home, and I would set them on the table in my empty apartment and sigh. As a Christian, my newsfeed was like one long drawn out toast to holy matrimony, and I was getting tired of holding up my glass. The Kingdom of God is like a wedding feast, and the baptized faithful had so...
  • Pope Francis' Message for the Year of Consecrated Life

    11/29/2014 7:09:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | 11-29-14 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis' Message for the Year of Consecrated Life "So I invite every Christian community to experience this Year above all as a moment of thanksgiving to the Lord and grateful remembrance for all the gifts we continue to receive" Vatican City, November 29, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 414 hits Here is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' message for the Year of Consecrated Life which begins tonight, with the vigil for the first Sunday of Advent. * * *Dear Brothers and Sisters in Consecrated Life,I am writing to you as the Successor of Peter, to whom the Lord entrusted the...
  • THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS PORTRAYS THE REALITY OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

    11/28/2014 10:28:21 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 27, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a Lifetime reality show (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), but they’re both the stories of emotional, expressive young women dealing with the notion of becoming a Bride of Christ.Granted, Therese would never have done anything like “twerking,” as does one of the five young...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BROTHERS INSTITUTES, 10-09-14

    10/09/2014 8:26:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BROTHERS' INSTITUTESReligious institutes of men whose members are either entirely or mainly brothers who are not and do not intend to be ordained. There are more than forty such institutes of pontifical status in the Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Prophecy: The Vocations Crisis is Over

    07/10/2014 1:40:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 9, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the times and circumstances and know the past so they can therefore predict the future.So here is my prediction: the vocations crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States is over.Here’s why: Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving...
  • Forget universal preschool. We need a 13th grade.

    06/12/2014 1:15:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dr. Andre Perry, dean of urban education, Davenport University
    In education circles, universal preschool is hot. But its only half the answer. If we really want to raise a generation of employable kids, we need universal 13th and 14th grades too. As taxpayers, weve decided to subsidize the education of every American child between the ages of 5 and 18. But current education funding structures reflect a bygone industrial age, when a high school diploma met or in some cases exceeded the needs of the local and national economies. Now, neither preschool nor college is a luxury, and families shouldnt have to pay for the schooling that keeps society...
  • Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

    08/17/2013 2:21:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2013
    Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.” “I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA....
  • Catholic Caucus: What I Gave Up By Not Being A Priest

    03/08/2014 7:17:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.06.14 | John Clark
    Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way. There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments. But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging...
  • So you want to be a nun? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/12/2014 10:14:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 7/27/11 | Katie Bahr
    7/27/11 | So you want to be a nun? What to do when you feel called to the convent   By Katie Bahr | Catholic Herald   Courtesy Photo Women in discernment speak with Nashville Dominican sisters during a retreat at the order's motherhouse in Tennessee.     Maybe you’re losing sleep over it. Or there’s a nagging feeling in the back of your mind every time you watch “The Sound of Music.” Or perhaps you simply feel called to live out your faith in a deeper way and are curious about what life is like for those women...
  • ECUMENIC: Vocations in the Wake of Scandal I am Part of the Solution, not the Problem.

    05/06/2011 4:58:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    blog.adw.org ^ | 5.5.11 | Msgr. Charles Pope.
    At the Bottom of this post is an encouraging excerpt taken from a video, The Catholic Priest Today, produced by the Cresta Group. In it we are reminded once again of the resiliency of the Church, and that the Holy Spirit can make a way out of no way. From a worldly perspective one would expect vocations to the priesthood to take a real hit in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal. Yet in many, if not most dioceses, vocations are up, or at least steady. One of the seminarians in the film clip says, I want to get...
  • A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattles Newest Priest

    07/01/2013 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 30, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Amazing but true. Details: There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral.From an early age, Father Kiszelewski, now 58, felt a tug toward the priesthood, but his path to ordination was obviously not a direct one.From seminary to ‘real world’Growing up in Merrick, N.Y., he admired the priests at Cure of Ars Parish, where he also attended the parish school.“I oftentimes...